Posted: 30 Sep 2016 06:02 AM PDT
Greece, with support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe, has embarked on a two-year initiative as part of the country’s ongoing large-scale health sector reform. The second phase of the “Strengthening capacity for universal coverage” (SCUC2) project supports Greece’s move towards universal health coverage and will focus specifically on providing universal access to health services; establishing transparent, inclusive and modernized health governance; and ensuring fair and sustainable health financing.
Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:49 AM PDT
Data and statistics have long been recognized as integral to making informed and evidence-based policy decisions about public health. But increasingly – and particularly since the adoption of the Health 2020 policy framework – greater emphasis has been placed on examining how cultural factors affect health and well-being. For example, how might religion or other cultural practices influence nutrition in a given community? How do local customs or values affect the health response during an outbreak? Investigating the cultural contexts of health is an important step towards understanding people’s experiences and lifestyle choices; such investigation may ultimately lead to better public health across the WHO European Region.
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